6 Things You Need to Know About Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is said to be one of the most common endocrine disorders in women. This is mainly thought to be caused by genetic reasons where in the defective gene is passed on to both the sons and daughters from either of the parent. In male children, the disease can be seen in the form of baldness or overgrowth of hair, while in females it is a little complicated and is characterised by infertility, obesity, hirsutism and irregular menstruation. Although it is a very common endocrine disorder seen among women in the reproductive age, there isn’t a lot of awareness about it. Here are some things you need to know about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
1. It produces symptoms in approximately 5 to 10 per cent of women in reproductive age.
Women from the ages of 12 to 45 can show symptoms and can be affected by this. Some can however carry on the defective gene and can be asymptomatic and not have any problems. They do however carry the risk of passing it on to their offspring.
2. There are some principal features of the syndrome that include…
Anovulation- lack of ovulation that causes irregular menstruation, amenorrhea- absence of menstrual periods, ovulation related infertility, excessive amounts of androgenic hormones which causes many masculine traits such as excessive hair in the body( hirsutism), obesity, high cholesterol and the inability of the body to produce insulin which causes diabetes.
3. Weight loss can bring back regular menstruation
But women suffering from this syndrome find it really difficult to bring their weight under control. Dieting and exercising only help to a certain extent as it is mainly hormones that are playing havoc with their bodies and not food or the lack of exercise.